Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Out I went this morning, into the rain (aside: hooray, it's raining! the stupid sn*w is gone at last!) , armed with a ruler (and the camera, of course) to get some measurements.
Fiddle's feet are really different from each other. This photo was taken right before her shoes were pulled for winter.
Notice that her right front foot is visibly different from the other three--this is the foot that she paddles with at a trot on trail. When she's working at a collected trot in the arena, this leg/foot travels much straighter. This foot is always her forward foot when she's grazing at home, and it tends to grow hoof tissue faster than the others.
Here are the measurements I sent to Tara at Easycare:
length: 5.5"width: 4.75"heel: 3.00"
Left Hind: <--this foot has some flare on the outside, shown in photo
length: 5.25"width: 5.75"heel: 3.25"
length: 5.5"width: 5.25"heel: 3.25
Right Hind:length: 5.5"width: 5.0"heel: 3.25"
Does that seem funky? I'm not a hoof geek, but I know there are some hoof geeks reading this. Opinions, please?
And here's a situation that the Easycare people do not address: Goat Assistants.
One photo will suffice:
Notice that the Easycare hoof photo doesn't have an extra nose on one corner, nor does it show a little goat-foot in another corner. That experience, apparently, is special just for me.
Then, there's this picture. I have quite a few like it:
Argh. Goats! Move out of the way!
It's a good thing they're cute.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Within hours of posting, Garrett Ford, president of Easycare Inc, sent a note to my blog comments, and offered to help me "re-boot" my mare.
He is confident that with help, I can have a happy booting experience.
Wow. Really? Cool!
The boots have a standard 30-day warrantee, but my boots were purchased more than 30 days ago. Not a problem, according to Garrett.
I'll send the too-big boots back today,
and he will send me a "fit-kit" AND connect me up with his best customer-service person. The next time my mare wears boots, they will fit properly--hurrah!
Oh, and Garrett...
...there are a few extra treats in the box I'm sending.
I figure customer service like this should be celebrated.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Hana is always the prettiest, no matter what outfit we put on her. She also loves to wear outfits. She was just a bit dubious about the antlers...after all, red is not really her color.
But really: isn't she cute?
Speaking of cute, here's Fiddle the Santa-Moose.
Adorable? Oh, yes!
Gigantic, but adorable!
Uh, clarification: FIDDLE is gigantic. I am, by comparison, a shrimp.
I think she's cute. She thinks I'm cute. But truly, we aren't very cute, compared to the goats.